Our People




Mark Blackburne - Managing Director

Mark has been a director for 29 years and has been based in Taupo for over 30 years. He has particular interest and expertise in forestry, business/trust structures and taxation issues. As a result of this expertise, clients are spread throughout New Zealand. His spare time is spent with his family and he keeps fit through his activities including running, gym and Shotokan Karate . He takes great pleasure in good wine.






Sonya Elmiger - Director

Sonya is born-and-bred from Taupo and has been a director since 2008. Sonya comes from a forestry family and her genuine care for her clients means that she brings that something extra to her role. Sonya is currently on the board of FICA (Forest Industry Contractors Association) so that she can best represent the contractors perspective and keep abreast of changes to the industry. Sonya likes to keep fit, is an avid boxing fan, and spends her spare time with family and friends.






MaryAnne Cleary

MaryAnne brings many years experience as a CA in public practice to her role as practice manager with the Blackburne Group. From this background she is able to bring both technical and real experience to the team and clients of Blackburne Group.






Craig Munro

Craig is a Chartered Accountant who has worked with a wide range of commercial and farming businesses. Since moving to Taupo in 2007 and joining Blackburne Group, he has developed a knowledge of the forestry industry while working with a number of forestry contractors. An outdoorsman, on weekends he can be found taking advantage of the wide range of hunting and fishing opportunities the Central Plateau has on offer.






Nicola Braddock

Nicola interned with the Blackburne Group while at university and took up a full time position when she completed her degree. Nicola has progressed quickly and now holds a manager’s position with the organisation. Nicola likes to keep active and throughout the year she is often out running, cycling and swimming with her dog; as you can tell she loves to be outside





Kristy Kewene

Kristy joined us after seven years living in South Canterbury. Born on the West Coast of the South Island, she grew up in Northland. Kristy has lived in many towns throughout New Zealand. Coming from a forestry family and marrying a forestry contractor, she just followed the trees. Kristy is a qualified accountant and over the last twenty years has worked in several accounting roles moving into CA work five years ago. Kristy is based in our Northland office in Whangarei where she is building relationships with clients and industry specialists. As a mother of two her spare time is devoted to keeping up with the kids.

09 974 8800




Paula Amrein

Paula is a Taupo girl. Having worked 10 years in Chartered Accountancy she married and had two boys. Taking a nine year break away to raise a family and assist her husband in running their own business, in 2011 Paula has now returned to accounting. Besides keeping up with the kids after school and weekend activities, Paula's interests include water skiing, reading (when she gets the chance), and towing her children and husband around on skis on the local lakes.





Tania Atwaters-Dowie

Tania moved to Taupo to follow her heart and started working with Blackburne Group in 2013. Tania is very hard working and really cares for the clients. She is our Xero expert and certified advisor. Tania has a couple of pig dogs and can be found out hunting if shes not in the office.






Steven Rutgers

Steve originally comes from Putaruru and has worked in chartered accountancy since leaving school. He is working towards completing his degree and then his CA registration. Steve's easy going manner and sense of fun make him a valuable member of our team. His skills with IT applications and practical approach is really helpful to everyone.





Diana Waldrom

Born in Wanganui, Diana trained as a Psychopaedic nurse in Levin after leaving school. Diana has lived in Taupo for more than 25 years. Having started with Blackburne Group as an administrative assistant (utilising the organisational skills she acquired home schooling her 3 boys), she has grown into an accounting clerk position. Diana looks after the Tax Management system and Trust Administration.






Dru Yerex

Dru joined Blackburne Group in March 2008 and has taken on the role of office administration. Dru has been involved in small business administration for the past six years. Dru fills what we call a CSA (Client Services Administration) role and you probably hear from her when you need to have your financial statements prepared.

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Logan Hammersley

Logan joined Blackburne Group in 2008 and has extensive experience in chartered accountancy as well as solid business experience. Married with 2 daughters, Logan’s interests include kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and running.






Anita Bron

Born in Wellington, Anita has spent time working in Auckland, travelling the world on an OE and settling in Taupo in late 2008. Anita is very practical and efficient, and her fantastic laughter makes everyone smile. She’s a busy lady with a young daughter but always has time to listen.

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Deb McCarthy

Deb is the newest member of the team here at Blackburne Group. At the end of 2014 Deb sold her business and has moved back into chartered accountancy. Deb brings with her extensive experience in this business environment plus the complete understanding of how things are for someone in business.

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Mark Jenkins

Mark has lived in Taupo for more than 20 years and has been with the Blackburne Group since 2000. He has been involved with the installation, maintenance and upgrading of the computer systems for Blackburne Group, as well as other companies and businesses in Taupo. When not working, Mark likes to spend time with friends and family and has a wide range of hobbies including motorbikes, gardening, and hydroponics.

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Natasha Young

If you have been into our Taupo office you will have met Tash - she is the face of the Blackburne Group and can be found on reception. She has recently moved down from Auckland and is loving Taupo. Tash likes being with friends, family and going to the gym.

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Dawn Dent

Dawn joined Blackburne Group in 2014 and works with Kristy in the Whangarei office. Originally from Whakatane, Dawn has a background in administration/accounts. She moved from Taupo to Whangarei in 2014 with her husband where they are establishing their new home and enjoy exploring the beautiful Northland coastline in their spare time.

09 974 8800

Joanne Dunn

Originally a Taupo girl and previously working with Mark and Sonya for 15 year’s, Joanne has returned to the fold after an absence of 4½ year’s living and working in Western Australia.  Joanne is an Associate Chartered Accountant and will resume her position as a manager within the organisation.  Joanne spends her free time bush walking and catching up with family, especially her grandson and friends.